Looking for a third consecutive win, Chelsea welcomed French side Rennes to Stamford Bridge on Match-day three in this season’s UCL. Rennes are the second French side in as many years the Blues have faced in the group stage of the Champions League, along with Lille last season.
Possession – Chelsea 56% – 44% Rennes
Shots – Chelsea 8 – 7 Rennes
On target – Chelsea 4 – 2 Rennes
xG – Chelsea 3.14 – 0.69 Rennes
Passes – Chelsea 574 (88% accuracy rate) – 401 (86% accuracy rate) Rennes
Red cards – Chelsea 0 – 1 Rennes
MOTM: Timo Werner. The German grabbed his second brace in Blue, after scoring two penalties, the first of which he won himself. His two goals led to him being voted by Chelsea fans to be named man of the match.
Disappointment of the game: Midfield. A quiet game for Mount, Kante and Jorginho. Specifically Jorginho, who was below his average level for Chelsea.
Like last week in the Champions League, this game appears to have been a routine game for Chelsea on paper, but the performance was pretty lacklustre. Chelsea took only 8 shots, with 4 on target, which is poor for a side who we are used to see take lots of shots each game. Two Timo Werner penalties (call us Manchester United!) gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead at the break. The first was an easy decision for the German referee Felix Zwayer to make, after Brazilian fullback Dalbert made a clumsy challenge on Werner. The Germany international smashed the penalty into the bottom corner, and despite goalkeeper Gomis diving the right way, it was too powerful for him to stop. About half an hour later, Dalbert was off for a second yellow after the ref controversially gave Chelsea another penalty, after a handball in the box from Dalbert. Werner again converted, which put Chelsea firmly in the driving seat for the rest of the game.
Early in the second half, Reece James assisted Tammy Abraham brilliantly, with a typically perfect delivery from the right back, and Abraham gratefully tapped it into the back of the net putting Chelsea 3-0 up. It was a quiet night for Edouard Mendy, who played against his former side, but he did make a couple nice saves later on in the second half to guarantee the Blues SIXTH consecutive clean sheet. Considering the defensive woes Chelsea experienced at the start of the season, it is a nice change to see this defensive solidity.
This win was deserved, and it sets Chelsea up well for Sheffield United on Saturday, looking for a fourth consecutive win in all comps, which would be a perfect way to go into the upcoming international break.